Dr. James Dunford
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Undergrad: Syracuse University (Chemistry)
Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: University of California, San Diego
Dr. James Dunford is an Emeritus Professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the City of San Diego EMS Medical Director. Jim has been a member of the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine since 1980, serving as ED physician, teacher, flight physician (and medical director) of Life Flight San Diego, paramedic base hospital director and founding director of the EM residency training program. While President of the Board of the San Diego American Heart Association, Jim led the development of San Diego's regional systems of care for sudden cardiac arrest (San Diego Project Heart Beat), heart attack and stroke. In partnership with the San Diego Police Department he created the San Diego Serial Inebriate Program, a national model that addresses chronic public intoxication. In 2008 Jim created the San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) to coordinate the care for frequent 911 callers with the use of novel health information technology and case management – in 2014 the Agency for Healthcare Quality Research recognized RAP as a best practice. In 2011 Jim championed Project 25, a United Way Housing First initiative to demonstrate the economic and health advantage of addressing the needs of the city's most impactful people. He championed the importance EMS in the development of San Diego Health Connect, the regional health information exchange and co-founded the San Diego Community Information Exchange to link the region’s social provider databases. Jim has served as co-investigator on numerous NIH studies including the NINDS rt-PA Stroke Trial and the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, which performs the nation’s high-priority cardiac arrest and trauma studies. He currently serves as principal investigator for a community paramedic pilot project in collaboration with the California EMS Authority and volunteers his expertise at the National Quality Forum in Washington, DC. Jim has been repeatedly recognized for contributions to research, community service and leadership including receipt of the UCSD Chancellor’s Award, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Research Award, the Michael K. Copass (Metropolitan Medical Directors’) Award, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Outstanding AHA Physician Volunteer in the Western States and the EMS Innovator Award. During the past twelve years Jim has been named nine times by his peers in the Medical Society as one of the region’s top emergency physicians. Publications
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